Former Chelsea and Roma Manager facing the chop in Ligue 1

Claudio Ranieri is reportedly on borrowed time with the French Principality club after failing to bring silverware to the Riviera this season.

Having previously been dismissed from his post at Stamford Bridge despite leading the Blues to a Champions League semi-final and a runners-up finish in the Premier League, Claudio Ranieri will be all too aware of the fickle nature of football management.

However it will no doubt be a bitter blow to the Italian to hear news of his potential sacking at current club AS Monaco in Ligue 1.

The Principality Club surrendered the title to big-spending rivals Paris Saint-Germain over the weekend – conceding a late goal against Guingamp in a 1-1 draw that gifted PSG the league championship without Laurent Blanc’s team even having to kick a ball.

That result would have been a particularly bitter pill for Ranieri to swallow, having already seen his side go down 3-1 after extra-time to Guingamp in the Coupe de France – the Riviera club’s only realistic shot at silverware.

And while the Italian has delivered Champions League football to the Stade Louis II for next season, it may not be enough to save his job following a summer of excessive spending.

Newly-promoted Monaco shelled out substantially in pre-season in a bid to compete with PSG, bringing in the likes of Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez from Porto along with Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao.

But while the former pairing have excelled, the latter suffered serious injury earlier in the season in a development that ultimately put paid to the team’s title hopes.

Dimitar Berbatov may have been drafted in back in January but losses on the road to St Etienne and Evian as well as dropped points against Lorient and Montpellier on the road have hardly helped a team chasing a near-perfect PSG.

And according to L’Equipe, those behind the scenes at Monaco have seen enough, with rumours suggesting Ranieri could be dismissed in the summer

Any vacancy could ignite a frenzy on the continent, with the big-money Ligue 1 side likely to spend big to recruit a manager from La Liga or the Premier League.

While Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is one name forever linked with the club he managed back in the early 90s, reports suggest Zinedine Zidane is the early front-runner to take the role – provided Ranieri departs.

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